Can you rescue / adopt a Goldendoodle?


YES! –

Believe it or not, these adorable little creatures are surrendered to rescue re-homing organizations more than you would believe.

WHY? –

Impulsive decisions. Sometimes when something new hits the scene people want it – not giving much thought to the responsibility it requires –

  • High energy means just that! They are very playful and active. They require attention
  • Hypo-allergenica term often misunderstood 
  • Lack of knowledgenot understanding crossbreed dogs
  • Maintenanceregular grooming is involved


Harley probably would have succumbed to his illness had we not found one another…


…but truth be told – he really saved me!

Life hasn’t been the same since he leaped into my arms 7 years ago.

David Tinsch – a FaceBook friend wrote an entry one day about “finding” his Goldendoodle Charlie. Sometimes when you think you’re rescuing the animal, he’s really rescuing you…


9 years ago this morning, I walked into an animal shelter in New Jersey to meet and check out dog #11610. I had, “a hole in my heart” as someone told me. A hole that only a dog could fill.

Multiple buildings in a row, connected by short covered sidewalks. Pit bull after pit bull, Rottweilers, mutts and more pit bulls.

And finally, in the last cage of the last building…was dog #11610.

As I walk towards his “cell”, he laid down and slit his paws under the door.

A volunteer led us to a small enclosed yard where we played for 15 minutes or so, to see “if I liked him”. We wrestled and played on the ground, and I laughed the entire time. He was dirty, matted, and smelled of urine. But the reality was that, “he had me at hello”!

My eyes filled with tears as I said goodby and walked away. The last thing I wanted to do was leave MY Charlie there alone and afraid, as we both had to wait ten days for his owner to come claim him.

But. ..the never did.

I didn’t know at the time that he was sick…but I’m sure his owners did. Who “looses” a Goldendoodle and never looks for him at the local shelter?! He was picked up as a stray wearing a collar but no tags. Most likely tossed aside and abandoned because he threw up a lot…even though he couldn’t help it.

Ten days later, I returned to that shelter to bring my boy home!

He road in the back of my van, and still looked and smelled every bit as bad as he did the first time I laid eyes on him. He had been neutered, and couldn’t be bathed for another 10 days.

I remember saying to him as we pulled away…” I’m your new dad! I’ve never had a dog before, and I’m a little nervous. I hope I’ll do a good job.”

So, here we are nine years later.

We got divorced, lost my folks, made 65 trip to Penn Veterinary Hospital, met wonderful women who loved dating him more than they did me😉

I thought we were gonna have to say “goodbye” on more than one occasion, but…we’ve gotten through it all, together.

People often say nice things to me about saving Charlie’s life. But I think it’s he who should truly be getting the accolades…for saving mine.

Charlie, Chachi, C-dog, Chaz, Char-man, Charles, fuzz head, Charlie “chicken leg”, muppet man…

My boy!


If you’re interested in rescuing a Goldendoodle of your very own or becoming a foster home – there are wonderful Doodle organizations to reach out to for more information.

These are the ones I am familiar with –

IDOG RESCUE (International Doodle Owners Group) *look for an interview blog post from me with Kate Singleton next month.

DRC (Doodle Rescue Collective, Inc.)

*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.

This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.

We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.

Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️


  • Sharon Seltzer
    April 21, 2016

    That is one of the best rescue stories I’ve ever read. I tell people all the time they can adopt the breed they want at a rescue.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 21, 2016

      Thank you Sharon – I knew when i heard David’s story, I had to post it. The letter “R” in this challenge gave me that opportunity.

    • Corrina
      March 30, 2018

      What was Charlie sick with?

      • Cathy Bennett
        April 11, 2018

        Not really sure, I think Charlie had a series of issues from neglect. But David was able to give him a home full of love, and the right care. Thanks for stopping by, please come back again soon.

    • Melussa
      September 10, 2018

      Do you know I can adopt a goldendoodke? I live in Massachusetts but will travel to rescue a goldendoodle.

      • Cathy Bennett
        January 2, 2019

        I am so sorry, I do not.

  • Emma
    April 21, 2016

    Rescue is a great thing if it is right for you at the time. Mom’s last dog was a rescue and she was amazing I hear. Our cats are also rescues, but my sisters and I are from good breeders.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 21, 2016

      Leo and Jaxson are both from an excellent breeder also. But some people love to rescue. I wanted to let everyone know Goldendoodles are looking to be re-homed too! In the event they were wondering – DRC and IDOG are great organizations to help with that.

      • Marsha Clark
        March 10, 2018

        My doodle Oliver was a re-home and I guess you could say we took saved each other. Originally I had gone to get his sister as my household was all.female but he wouldn’t leave me alone, if he could talk he’d be saying Pick Me, Pick Me and so I did., on the way home through the Indian reservation he threw up & pooped, I looked at him and said Oliver you’re going to get us killed, he sort of laughed that goofy doodle smile
        We got home but there was still.sadness as I had lost my mom and we had moved out to AZ together but Oliver didn’t give me a moment to wall in grief. Doodles look at you and they look into your soul. I almost lost him a year and a half ago and I could not imagine my life without him but my vet pulled him through. I adore all my animals but there is nothing like a doodle and I’m hoping to adopt another one.

        • Cathy Bennett
          March 11, 2018

          Marsha – I can so relate to everything you’ve written, Harley was from a puppy mill, when my mom passed away he was able to keep me sane. All dogs are special, but for me – a Doodle is my choice for a four legged companion. Thanks for stopping by – please come back again soon.

          • marie
            July 1, 2018

            Cathy, I am considering adopting a puppy mill doodle a year old (male) I currently have a Boston Terrier adopted from the Hell of a puppy mill. What will be some issues related to a doodle puppy mill survivor?

          • Cathy Bennett
            July 23, 2018

            Marie – you are talking my language. Harley was a puppy mill disaster. He would certainly have died if I hadn’t come along. He was so infected with a parasite – my vet was amazed and disgusted. I would recommend you look for the obvious – malnutrition, lice, fleas, etc… I would also pay close attention to his personality. Is he easy to scare, skittish, defensive, etc… If possible make arrangements to go straight to a vet you trust. I hope this helps a little. Keep my posted.

  • Jan K
    April 21, 2016

    What a sweet, sweet story! I’m so glad they found each other, and that you found Harley. ♥

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 21, 2016

      I fell in love with David’s story. I couldn’t wait to share it!

  • Monika & Sam
    April 22, 2016

    What a delightful, charming storm about rescue. Bravo to your friend for allowing Charlie to rescue him. ღ

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 22, 2016

      I thought so too! Happy to hear so many enjoyed it to. Very inspiring for those contemplating a rescue pet!

  • Random Musings
    April 22, 2016

    What a gorgeous dog 🙂 It annoys me so much when people get dogs without doing any research to see if the dog they chose is suitable for them and then the dog ends up in a shelter!

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 22, 2016

      I agree. I think it’s directly connected to this instant microwave society we’re living in now. Everybody wants what they want immediately, no planning, no though behind the action, just “gimme” What have we created?

      • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
        April 23, 2016

        Ohmigosh! “Microwave Generation” is the phrase I use. We think alike on soooo many levels! At some point – after Shadow joins Callie in Heaven – I hope to rescue an adult Golden or Doodle to keep Ducky company.

        • Cathy Bennett
          April 24, 2016

          Whomever you bring into your home will be one super fortunate pup! Yes, we are like kindred spirits!

  • Lindsay
    April 22, 2016

    We had a Labradoodle client and his mom just worked a ton of hours and because of his energy and her leaving him for so long, she actually tethered him to a long nylon leash that allowed him all over her main floor of her house but limited his access to leaving the ground floor. We were always so afraid that he’d get hung up on something and hurt himself… Finally, after some time, she realised that he deserved more than what she was able to give him and decided to rehome him. Through Facebook, another client of ours, adopted him and to this day, we still see Murphy, but with his new family and he’s a completely different dog. Such a lovely boy and killer green eyes.

    Anyways, I’d love to go find one in a rescue and adopt. I mentioned to my husband the other night that once our two boys pass (lord help me when that happens!!), that I’d be interested in exploring a rescue.

    Great topic for the letter R. 😉 xo

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 22, 2016

      There was the most adorable rescue on Pet Finder yesterday. Imagine a face like Harley but the size of Jaxson. He’s 3 years old – out in MD. Man, I wanted to call, and have my kids pick him up for me. Sounds like a terrific doodle, not sure what the rest of his story is, but I can’t afford another dog right now. That’s not to say, I won’t try for three one of these days. Interesting you mentioned “tethering” that’s my letter T for tomorrow – I will talk about training. Have a great weekend! Hugs to your babies from me!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    April 24, 2016

    I do appreciate you thinking about me when you found a dog in rescue locally. I so wish I could get another dog, but J said “nope.” I have to admit that four is quite the handful, but I’m convinced that if I can find 4 more ours in the day, I can do it.

    • Cathy Bennett
      April 25, 2016

      Girl, I struggle every day wanting a third. There was one last week looks just like Harley, 3 years old, and Jaxson’s weight. He was so adorable… But I can’t. Lee would run away I’m sure! LOL

      • Anna Clawson
        November 17, 2019

        I live at Lake Ozarks I Missouri, I currently have my goofy, loveable Lab who makes me laugh every day. I would love to adopt a Golden Doodle. How would I go about rescuing one ? I could travel to get him.

        • Cathy Bennett
          November 17, 2019

          Hello Anna – The one adoption/rescue organization that I know of is unique in the sense that it is all over the country. The name of the organization is called (International Doodle Group Rescue). Here is their link:

  • Tara
    June 6, 2017

    I have a beautiful, happy, energetic, healthy white/ tan golden doodle puppy that just turned 7 months. We love her dearly but unfortunately was surprised with an upcoming divorce. Needless to say, we are unable to keep her and would love for Chloe to be in a happy home with children to love her as much as we do. She LOVES to play with other dogs almost as much as she loves to play with people.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 18, 2017

      I am so sorry to hear this news. Have you found a home for her yet? If not, please contact IDOG Rescue (International Doodle Owners Group) They are located across the country and they do an exceptional job with rehoming. Please let me know of there is anything else I can do to help. So sorry…

    • Sydney Reedy
      July 7, 2017

      Hi Tara have you found a home for your lovebug yet?? If not please let me know! We have been looking for a doodle to rescue for MONTHS without luck! My mom has 2 and we would love a third to join our doodle family!

      Feel free to email me at (:

    • Jaime Price
      January 6, 2018

      I don’t know how old this post is but if your baby still needs a home, please email me. We are desperately searching for our own baby, and would prefer rescuing or rehoming. Email is

    • Gloria Pope
      November 17, 2019

      Where are you located, Tara? I’m in S Florida and all the Doodle rescues seem to be in northern states and only adopt in a small radius. We lost our 15yr old Goldendoodle, also a rescue, 2yr ago and I am finally ready to open my heart to another. Shaggy was such a big part of our family it took a while to get over her loss. We would love to adopt her. I am sorry for the additional pain of a divorce that you are going through.
      If she’s already found a home, does anyone know of a rescue near me?

      • Cathy Bennett
        November 17, 2019

        Hello Gloria – The one adoption/rescue organization that I know of is unique in the sense that it is all over the country. The name of the organization is called (International Doodle Group Rescue). Here is their link:

  • Randy Dyer
    June 10, 2017

    Is there a rescue in Oklahoma or Texas for these dogs? 2 grandkids love dog but have allergies. This breed recommend for them. Thanks

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 18, 2017

      Hi Randy. I always refer people interested in adopting a Doodle to the International Doodle Owners Group They rehome doodles (both Labradoodles and Goldendoodles) across the country. They have an excellent reputation and are extremely knowledgeable about the breed. Please let me know when you receive your forever furry friend!

    • Kimberly
      July 18, 2018

      I live in Texas and I am looking for another goldendoodle. Please email if still available

      • Cathy Bennett
        July 23, 2018

        Hello Kimberly – I am not a rescue agency. I do not have access to any rescues. Sorry –

  • Lynn Arvidson
    September 2, 2017

    We just lost our beloved golden doodle of 14 yrs. He was so special and we miss him dearly but Are ready to meet our next doodle. Do you know if one that needs a for ever home.we live in MN

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 11, 2017

      So sorry to hear about your loss. Unfortunately I do not have any connections with adoption. I do however, highly recommend for Goldendoodle / Labradoodle re-homing! I wish you the best of luck.

  • Alan Doty
    December 8, 2017

    Looking for a new member of my family. My Golden died after after his cancer surgery failed. Took a while, but I’m at last ready to adapt.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 13, 2017

      Hi Alan. I totally understand and relate. You’re the only person who knows when “you’re” ready to do this again. Have you tried IDog Rescue? They are phenomenal with re-homing Doodles.

  • Jaime Price
    January 6, 2018

    We are looking to rescue or rehome a goldendoodle fur baby to our home! Wanted to check here as well as some other places rather than contacting a breeder. Thanks in advance for any help! We are located in northwest Florida

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 7, 2018

      Congratulations with the decision and desire to adopt a Golden Doodle! unfortunately I do not have any connections with adoption. I do however, highly recommend for Goldendoodle / Labradoodle re-homing! I wish you the best of luck.

  • Shawn Morrison
    January 10, 2018

    I want to Rescue a doodle

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 12, 2018

      Wonderful! I would highly recommend you contact I believe they are the best when it comes to rescuing and giving a forever home to a Doodle. Thanks for stopping by, please come back again.

  • Carol Bromen
    February 8, 2018

    I currently have a Goldendoodle and would love to possible rescue another one for companionship for Max, could you point me in the right direction?

  • Rose Ewings
    May 11, 2018

    We live in New Jersey. Our Wheaten, Seamus, died 4+ years ago 12 1/2 yrs old. we waited two years and got a Golden Doodle Pup, Angus, from a breeder in upstate New York, Nancy O’Connor. Pup born with Megaesophagus. Another pup in her litter had same. We did not know this. Had to have special chair built for Angus as he had to eat standing up in order for food to go down and not into lungs. He had to be put down at 6 1/2 months of age. Repeated pneumonias. This genetic defect causes them to die of starvation or pneumonia. Our house is missing, a wagging tail, doggie kisses and woofs in our house! It is empty and we would love to rescue a Doodle. IDOG has great dogs, but they are in Texas and prefer local adoptions. I keep looking but so far no luck. We have a house. Fenced in yard. Grown family. We are all dog people. Just looking into your dog’s eyes…I say it is the window to their souls. Such a beautiful experience which I sorely miss.

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 13, 2018

      Hello Rose – I am so so sorry to hear about Angus. I am very familiar with MegaE due to a wonderful person I’ve met years ago. It is my understanding that IDOG rescue is located all over the country. If you do not mind, I will forward your email address (along with this comment) to Kate, she wore closely with IDOG and is possibly the best person I know to steer you in the right direction in regards to adoption. Thanks so much for visiting Groovy Goldendoodles and please come back again soon. I’d love to keep up with your journey.

  • Tammy Isaacs
    May 23, 2018


    • Cathy Bennett
      May 24, 2018

      Hello Tammy – I am so sorry. I really don’t know of a place to rescue Goldendoodles. IDOG Rescue was my “go-to” organization to share with those who inquired, but they are now only operating out of the State of Texas. You could reach out to them and ask if they are can recommend a reputable place to contact. Please keep me posted.

  • Louise Chapin
    September 3, 2018

    I have lost my 12 year old Saint Miss Marilyn Monroe and after 40 years I am heart broken. I understand your breed is very special and good for companions. I am looking into adoption rescue and giving a new friend a new home.
    Thank you
    Louise Chapin

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 4, 2018

      Louise I am so so sorry to hear about your dog. I love that name! I empathize with you having lost Leo so suddenly, but I do not know of a doodle rescue group I could refer you to. The one I was so fed of, respected and trusted, no longer rescues doodles. Have you tried reaching out to your local shelters? They may know of someone who does. Best of luck to you…

      • Louise Chapin
        September 13, 2018

        Thank you for your answer and I am looking very hard to see if I can find one down here.
        God Bless

        • Cathy Bennett
          January 2, 2019

          How has your search been thus far? Please keep us posted.

  • Bonnie Kramer
    October 19, 2018

    Did u recently send out for fostering a three year old female light brandy-colored goldendoodle named Bella ro a couple in the Bethesda area?

    Thank you,
    Bonnie Kramer

    Sent from my iPhone,

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 3, 2018

      No I did not. I have nothing to do with rescue groups or fostering programs. Sorry…

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